The NFL had a downturn in TV ratings after its stars started kneeling during the National Anthem to protest, well, something. The protesters didn’t agree, their explanations were incoherent, and the stunt was generally annoying to spectators and fans. The League lacked the courage and integrity to stop it, but the kneeling started tapering off in 2020. For 2021, the NFL grovelled for approval from the relatively few social justice warriors who watch pro football by playing the so-called “Black National Anthem” at every game. This is offensive, as it constitutes a statement contradicting the ideal and the fact that Americans are Americans, and we don’t need no stinking color-coded anthems.
And that’s not even the worst of it. Players were allowed this season to choose from 6 progressive, racially divisive, anti-white bigotry messages to plaster on their headgear (which does not prevent brain damage, put the helmets are pretty, and now, woke): “End Racism,” “Stop Hate,” “It Takes All of Us,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Inspire Change” and “Say Their Stories.”
Whose stories, you ask? Oh, just the stories of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, whose deaths had nothing to do with racism and have been hyped to encourage the hatred and distrust of police.
Thus this race-based development is fascinating:
Brian Flores was fired as coach of the Miami Dolphins last month, and he has not been successful (yet) in his attempt to get a new coaching job elsewhere. Days after he learned that the New York Giants had hired a white man for a coaching position he applied for, Flores sued the NFL. and its 32 teams this week, alleging that they have discriminated against him and other blacks in their coach-hiring practices.
The NFL is 70% black, but after the many firings after the end of the 2021 regular season, it has but one black head coach. Does this prove racism? Oh, maybe by the logically indefensible, slanted theories that gave us “disparate impact,” but good luck proving it. What would be a “fair,” diverse” and “inclusive” percentage? 70%? 85% to make up for past discrimination? 14%, the same as the proportion of blacks in the U.S. population?
Flores’ suit is partially based on the allegation that the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates for coaching and general manager positions, is a sham.
Well sure it’s a sham! All such requirements in every business and industry are shams. Back when I worked for organizations and not myself, I had huge fights over such rules with my superiors (well, they weren’t my superiors, but I worked under them). for example, I had a staff member that I wanted to promote. She was spectacularly talented and hard-working, had excellent experience, and we worked well together. HR told me that policies required that I hold open interviews, and had to make sure some minority candidates were in the mix. “Then,” it told me, “You can hire her.” Wait,” I said. “I’m supposed to let these applicants think they have a fair shot at the job when I already know whom I want to hire—am going to hire?” “Right,’ I was told. “It’s policy.” “It’s dishonest and unfair,” I said.
But I did it. I had no options other than to quit.
Flores needs to prove that race was specifically a factor in his being turned down for jobs that he might have been interviewing for just so a team could check a box. Flores is still a candidate in the open head coach searches for the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints, but his lawyers say that he didn’t want to wait and see if he got one of those jobs. I’d be shocked if the lawsuit doesn’t ensure that he won’t get a job. Who wants to hire a black coach who signals that he might view every disappointment or adverse workplace result as justification for a discrimination law suit?
The NFL says it is “deeply committed to ensuring equitable employment practices” and “we will defend against these claims, which are without merit.”
Isn’t that nice Black National Anthem enough for the guy?
It should come as no surprise that the biggest star in a league with dead ethics alarms also has dead ethics alarms. I don’t know if Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback in NFL history was always the petty, unethical jerk he is today, but he’s been this way as long as I can remember.
The 7-Time Super Bowl champion finally announced his retirement after 22 Seasons at the amazingly advanced age of 44. Could he leave the game with grace, class, and humility?
In a professionally-produced nine-slide post on Instagram announcing his retirement, Brady thanked his family, his friends and his coaches and teammates from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He did not mention Boston or the New England Patriots, the team he quarterbacked for 20 of his 22 seasons and with which he won six of his seven Super Bowl championships. Brady was miffed when the team wouldn’t sign him to a long term contract at big money when he was over 40, so he took his arm to Tampa Bay and, to his credit, proved that he could still play at a superstar level though no player before him ever had at such an age.
The Times story hilarious said of the snub, “It is unclear whether this was an oversight.”
Stay classy, Tom.